State’s marketplace offers PPE help to small businesses, nonprofits
Local small businesses and nonprofits can now utilize the state’s new online marketplace to request personal protective equipment, according to State Reps. Karen Engleman, R-Georgetown, and Steve Davisson, R-Salem.
Engleman said as businesses resume operations, those unable to source and procure PPE on their own can go online to backontrack.in.gov/ppemarketplace.htm to order masks, face shields and hand sanitizer.
While the first round of available PPE has been reached, small businesses can still place orders online. The marketplace anticipates being able to ship more protective gear in the coming weeks.
“It is important businesses operate safely,” Engleman said. “We know PPE helps limit the spread of COVID-19, and our local businesses have this new source to help secure these needed items.”
Davisson said the Small Business PPE Marketplace, which was launched by the Indiana Economic Development Corp., serves as a secondary source for ordering Hoosier-made supplies. Currently, there is no charge, but the IEDC said that could change depending on multiple factors.
“Protective equipment and supplies are crucial to flattening the curve of COVID-19 and keeping workers and customers healthy,” Davisson said. “These products can be difficult to find, so it is encouraging to see the state set up a system to help our local businesses be prepared to safely re-open.”
Businesses must be registered in Indiana with the Secretary of State’s Office, employ less than 150 people and require PPE to re-open and comply with workplace safety requirements. Examples of eligible businesses include restaurants, retail sales, personal services and office environments.
According to the IEDC, all requests will be evaluated and fulfilled based on work environment risk profile, stock availability and the number of outstanding requests. At times, partial or delayed fulfillment of requests may occur.
To learn more, visit backontrack.in.gov/ppemarketplace.htm.
Additionally, the Indiana Manufacturers Association started an online supply listing where Hoosier companies can order PPE for employees as they begin re-opening. Those producing personal protective equipment can also be listed on the database. Visit www.indianamfg.com for more information.